After months of preparation and anticipation, our Anniversary weekend finally arrived in the midst of cold and rainy weather! We collectively held our breath at the anniversary dinner on Friday night, when we heard the rain pelting down on the roof at Benoni Country Club! Fortunately the weather gods looked down on us kindly and Saturday turned out to be a perfect winter’s day for golf!
Eastern’s was able to celebrate their 40th Anniversary with over 200 guests and fellow Nomads, both at the Anniversary dinner on Friday night and golf on Saturday. In attendance was the National chairman, along with most of his executive committee including 11 of the 12 Captains for the 2018/9 playing year.
The celebrations were made memorable by the presence of some of our Founder members- namely Neville Kimber, Robin Wrighton, Brian Bolton and Brian Mutch who received there 40 year tie.
Master of Ceremonies for the night, Les Floyd, in his eloquent manner, set the tone for the evening with his candour and in depth knowledge of his fellow Easterns Nomads! The tone was set for what was to be a most enjoyable evening. All previous Captains were honoured with a mention as well as the presentation of a personalised Taylormade golf bag! Not to be forgotten, Iris Wrighton, herself a “member” of Nomads for 30 years was also acknowledged for her commitment to Easterns as a table lady and finally as Match Secretary !
On Saturday, golf took the forefront of the celebrations! With over 200 players to accommodate, Terry had the onerous task of trying to accommodate nearly 100 special requests for playing partners, tee off times and other unavoidable last minute changes! The field had a very early morning sunrise start, with the last fourball of the day coming in just as the sun was setting! It was a long day, but with the usual Easterns Nomads spirit, many ensured they consumed enough of the sponsor’s beverages to validate why these sponsorships are so valued by the Nomads! With the help of Jerry Azor, in the beer garden, a great day was had by all!
A special Thank You to Darren Millington and his well trained team for assisting us wherever they could, to help make this Anniversary weekend the success it was. Nothing was left to chance! Thank you also to the members of Benoni Country Club for accommodating Nomads for the weekend and for giving up your tee-off times on Saturday!
It would be remiss of me not to Thank our local sponsors, who, once again stepped up to the plate with generous contributions, thereby helping to make the costs involved in organising such a function more affordable! We thank you - Cargo Motors Graeme Wood, sponsor of the day and Derick Lindsey Dynamic Battery Chargers for the gifts,
Finally, to the Organising Committee under the watchful eye of Derick Lindsay - Thank you for the extreme effort you all went to in helping make the 40th Anniversary so memorable! No stone was left unturned and no request ignored!
To my committee having to manage this daunting task as a first up with a number of the committee members in there portfolio’s for less than a month, well done you can be proud of yourselves.
As the serving Captain during this our 40th year, along with the committee, we hope to add another memorable year to the annuls of Easterns Nomads history! Thank you all for your support in making these 40th year celebrations the success they were!
Your Captain Mark
Kempton Park Report
Congratulations to David Hoehler who played his 300th monthly game, a
re-markable achievement considering that he has played 300 out of a
possible 302 in the 25 odd years he has been a member – Thanks Dave
for also supply-ing us all with a Stella Artois after the game at
Kempton to celebrate this mile-stone as well as your hole in one
achieved at the national tournament in March.
As this is my last monthly report I would like to take this opportunity
to Thank all the clubs and their members who have so willingly
accommodated us during this past year, as well as our ladies
who do such wonderful work and give up their valuable time to
ensure that our day is organized. Finally to all Easterns’
members for their support and cooperation together with the
2017/8 com-mittee for all their hard work and dedication.
On behalf of all Easterns Nomads I would like to wish Mark Ablett
and the 2018/19 committee who have now taken over the running of
the club the very best for this coming year.
Please do not forget to enter the May game at BCC which is also
our 40th Anni-versary celebration.
Nomads Captains Report –Glendower 9th November 2016
The day started off well with a breakfast hosted by Easterns to get some feedback from our Chairman Vic Hall on his visits to other clubs and how some of them do things differently. A very informative get together, our Easterns committee and our Chairman. Thanks Vic.
The weather was stunning and my 4 ball consisting of Glendower Club Captain Miguel Cardosa, took on the formidable Cargo team of Graeme Wood and Albert Spalding. Surprisingly enough Albert had a bad day and we pocketed the cash
Thanks to Graeme Wood and Albert Spalding our sponsors of the day from Cargo Mercedes Benz for the sponsorship and the quality Mercedes Benz prizes, which were handed out.
To Miguel Cardosa, the Glendower Captain, thanks to you and your members for giving up the course for the afternoon. It was highly appreciated. The course was in excellent condition and the days average of 28.0 proves that the course was playing long.
However all was not well and the weather closed in and not all the field managed to complete their rounds. We did however get every one through 9 Holes and 40% did not play the full 18. 15% did not bother to enter a score after the game. Gentlemen this is unacceptable.
A huge congratulation to Tony Halse, who played his 300th Nomads monthly game. Tony decided to give tradition a miss and enjoyed a Cold Castle light instead of Champagne. Alec Saunders from Gauteng also played on the day in his 549th game. He will be receiving his 550 game badge on the 2nd December at Gautengs monthly game. Well done, Alec.
Joe Gumede also received his 100 game badge
5 year Tie’s for Phil Mayeza, Wes Kruger and 15 year ties for Greg Merwitz and Jack Herzfield.
To Terry, Cathy and Lindsay a big thank you for all the work you did with the chaos that prevailed. Glendower landed up having one of the worst flash floods I have ever seen. Players were unable to get to their cars to collect kit and some were trapped in the change rooms. The water that flooded into the clubhouse, took out the power to the projector and all the sound equipment. Prize giving ran late and had to be done with out the normal Microphones etc.
To Mark Ablett and Tee starters, Mike King, Ron Harris and Alan Harris, thank you for getting the field away on time.
See you all at our next monthly game at Lake Club Benoni on Saturday the 26th November. Remember that this is our Xmas game and we have music and food after the game
- Vic Lankilde
The new playing year got o to a very wet start with our
May game being washed out at State Mines. Thank you
very much to the Captain, Jan Delport and the
management of State Mines, who agreed to allow us to
replay the game on 24 June at no extra charge and even
moving one of their scheduled annual competitions that
was to take place on the day. We sadly heard on the day
that Mike Tarr, a 35 year Honorary Nomad and past Captain had passed on earlier that
morning after a long illness. Our condolences go out to his family as well as fellow
Nomad Joe Gumede’s families, who’s wife also left us two days later.
Congratulations to our Junior Vice Captain Hector King as well as all the Springs Nomads
for making the Memorial Day such a success. Despite only 32 Nomads supporting this
day +/- R16000.00 was raised for Hospice. Springs golf course is in fantastic condition
and I urge all you skeptics to go and see for yourself.
Our Kempton Park game was a total contrast, with perfect weather and on behalf of
Easterns I would like to thank the management and staff at Kempton Park golf club for
hosting us, as well as our starters for the day and in particular our lovely Ladies Terry and
Cathy, without whom we would be chasing our tails.
I had the pleasure and honour of playing with Geoff Fairhurst (Chairman KPGC), Ian
Griffiths (Captain KPGC) and Philip Michaux (Imperial CEO) and in true Imperial spirit, Phil
and I sponsored them.
Peter Retief, the sales and marketing manager of Tempest car hire not only sponsored
our June golf day, for which we are greatfull, he also handed the overall prize that
We wish to thank our Natinal Sponsors
Tempest also sponsors for the Tempest national IKO swindle of a 4 Night stay at a
Southern Sun Hotel , 2 x Return air tickets and 4 days car hire over and above the
R3200.00 cash to Neville Saunders (Easterns). – Thank you TEMPEST and let me remind
you that the only way we can show our gratitude to such loyal sponsors, is to support
their brand wherever and whenever possible.
After such a successful day and even winning the rugby, we awoke to the very sad and
shocking news that Clive Muller, a 8 year Easterns Nomad, had passed away in his sleep
earlier that morning, our thoughts and prayers go out to his family – RIP friend.
• Diamond Challenge 8/9 July Sun City
• Highveld Trophy July 12 Ruimsig
Captains Report September 2016
A Total of 15 Easterns went travelling to the Lowveld for the annual Les Trophy which was held on 27th & 28th August at Sabie River Golf Course in Hazyveiw.
The weather was amazing and we all met for drinks at the hotel on Friday night, The food was outstanding the whole weekend. The golf was also good as long as you never went to close looking for your ball
I know we all played as best as we could but unfortunately the prize went to Lowveld by a very small margin
Seen above is Rob Mc Clagan – Lowveld Captain receiving the Les Trophy from last years winners Theo Mason from Swaziland. Easterns finished in 2nd position but no accolades.
On Saturday 3rd September we played at Royal Oak in the morning field
My four ball consisted of Manny Merkel (Captain – Royal Oak) Les Mathews (Sponsor) and Brett Skinner (Prospective Nomad) We had a bet running but when we added the final scores it was tie so no money changed hands.
The weather was superb and a great day was had by allLes, thanks again for sponsoring our Royal Oak game, your support for Easterns is truly appreciated.
To the Members of Royal Oak, a special thank you for allowing us the use of your course on a Saterday morning.
To our Ladies Cathy and Terry a big thank you to you both.
To Mark Ablett and our tee starters raymond Lindsay and Struan King, well done chaps.
A much improved field of 110 Nomads came out to play and did they play with the day’s average an impressive 30.2 points
Congratulations to Dave Diesel on getting his 15year tie and also a 15year service for Lindsay Rees.
Reminder to you all, Inputting your Nomads score into the SAGA handicapping system is your responsibility.
At Germiston 23 players never entered scores and at Modderfontein 15 players never entered their scores & 3 were entered incorrectly.
This is un-acceptable and Nomads who do not enter all scores correctly will be penalised.
Join us on Sunday morning & afternoon at Ebotse Links for our next Game. This game is special to Easterns as it will be our National Chairman, Vic Hall’s official visit to Easterns.
In addition it will be the 500th Game Badge for Easterns Stalwart, jimmy Sales.
Jimmy will also be receiving his 45 year tie. What a tremendous achievement and I urge you all to come and play and honour this amazing achievement!